Hospice. . . is a special way of caring for patients and families coping with life-limiting illness. Those needs can be met with the compassion and expertise of Harris Palliative Care & Hospice. Professionals and volunteers are available to help you and your family during this time.

Who should seek hospice care?

If the diagnosis has been accepted and no further curative treatment is being sought, then hospice can offer spiritual, emotional and medical support.

How can hospice care help?

Our goal is to meet your needs:

Physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Because we have experience in helping others, we can ease physical discomfort, provide companionship, help you understand what to expect, find the right resources to fulfill the patient's wishes, and give needed support to family and friends. Hospice understands the changes and adjustments that a life-limiting illness presents to families and patients.

Who is the hospice care team?

Many people with a variety of skills work together for the benefit of the patient and loved ones, and hospice uses a team approach to coordinate care.  A feeling of harmony grows when patients and families share their feelings and participate in care.

Our hospice team includes:

Skilled care by an RN who coordinates the care of each patient, communicates with the physician, provides direct patient care, evaluates the patient's condition, checks symptoms and medications, and provides patient and family education.

Home care aides and homemakers who provide personal care for the patient, such as bathing, shampooing, shaving and nail care, light housekeeping and meal preparation.

Social workers who provide counseling to the patient and family and assist in understanding family relationships.

The patient's personal physician who directs the plan of care and works closely with the hospice team.

Registered dietitians who provide nourishing meal plans and special dietary assistance in making food look appealing.

Clergy and other counselors who visit and provide spiritual support to the terminally ill at home. Members of the patient's church family are also important in offering support.

Volunteers with special training who visit, listen and provide compassionate support for both patients and loved ones.

What about hospitalization and respite care?

From time to time the patient may be admitted to a hospital or extended care facility because of medical necessity or to provide relief for family members.

Brief, in-home respite care can allow the primary care giver to get away for a few hours to run errands or for needed quiet time.

How is the cost of hospice covered?

Reimbursement for services may come from Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance carriers. We work closely with clients in determining availability of coverage. If no coverage is available, we will work with you in developing an acceptable payment plan.

As time passes, what can we expect?

The time may come when the patient's needs require, or the family can no longer manage to provide, the level of care required around the clock. Volunteer assistance is available for a variety of services, including respite for the family, companionship, transportation, errands and meal preparation.

Hospice understands the changes and adjustments that life-limiting illness presents to families and patients.

What about bereavement support?

Grieving the loss of a loved one is a natural part of healing. Bereavement support assists family members by offering care and counseling to help them adjust to the loss of a loved one.

Who should I contact about hospice services? 

Hospice and palliative care services are provided by Harris Palliative Care and Hospice. Harris Palliative Care and Hospice is located at 81 Medical Park Loop in Sylva. For questions, call 828.631.1702 or visit their website.